August 15, 2018
     
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FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORSHIP SERVICES & MIDWEEK PRAYER MEETING

From May 28 until Labor Day, we enjoy one worship service at 9:15 where we all come together as a family reunion through the Summer season.
 
During the School Year, we enjoy two worship experiences on Sunday mornings. For the early risers, 8:00 and then later in the morning at 10:30. Both services include traditional hymns, readings from the Holy Scriptures, Preaching and Prayers. Children are welcome and included in special ways. At 10:30, we have a choir that sings beautifully with Special Music.
 
Jubilee Prayer for July
Dear Lord,
Summer is here, plants are growing, and flowers are blooming. Just as nature is renewing itself, please help our church renew our commitment to serve You in all that we do. Bless this congregation. Help us to strengthen our faith, grow in our stewardship, and help our neighbors know the peace and happiness that comes through worshiping You. May we forgive our enemies and continue to pray for world peace with mutual respect for one another.
We ask this in Your Name. Amen.
 
The Choir
is on Summer break...and always looking for additional people to join the gang and to sing for the Lord!  Call and leave a message at the church office, 774-2545, if you are interested in making a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Preacher’s Corner

We will continue in July with the Seven Letters to the Churches in John’s book of Revelation. It’s hard to know what God wants of us as a specific community of faith, but we can always look in our Bible for ideas and lessons. The seven churches in Revelation have much to teach us about strengths, weaknesses, direction forward, and what it means to be faithful to God.

Once we are done with the Seven Letters, we will spend some time looking at the many different ways in which God reveals ‘Mission’ and ‘Vision’ to various people and groups in the Bible. We are all familiar with Jesus being the Revelation of God, but there are lesser-known stories that may be helpful to us at Trinity as we continue to seek God’s desire for us as a community of faith.

Come and be blessed in the worship of our Loving God with the fellowship of believers who use the Words of God for the people of God to draw closer to God. Thanks be to God!

July 1, Philadelphia Rev. 3:7-13, Mark 6:6-13 ‘Persistence’   

July 8, Laodicea Rev. 3:7-13, Matthew 7:7-8 ‘Knocked Out’

July 15, Revelation Wrap Up—‘Odds and Ends, and Even New Beginnings’

July 22, ‘When God Spoke Face to Face’   Adam, Eve, Cain, Noah, Saul/Paul    

July 29, ‘Visitors from Afar’ Abraham, Jacob The Wise Ones from the East

Aug. 5, ‘Prayer’ Jean Larson in Pastor’s absence   Psalm 118, Luke 11:1-13

Aug. 12, ‘Dreams and Signs’ Two Josephs—Son of Jacob, Husband of Mary

Aug. 19, ‘Prophets and the Law’ Moses and Paul

Aug. 26, ‘Prophets and Visions’ Elijah, Isaiah and the Gang



Eat, Stay, and Pray—Community Prayer Service, Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. This is a year-round ecumenical prayer opportunity in the Sanctuary. A chance to pray to God. To listen for the Spirit of God. To be together in the hope of Jesus Christ. It will be open to our community meal guests and available to all the folks at Trinity who are not able to make it to church on Sunday mornings…and for anyone who wants a chance to pray in community during the week. If Sunday morning worship is a chance to get closer to God, then check it out and see what God can do on Wednesday nights!

 “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.” 

May’s Jubilee Prayer    Dear Heavenly Father,    It’s May, the grass has turned green, leaves are unfurling, soon flowers will bloom, and the earth will be renewed for another spring and summer. Thank you for all of that. Please be with each of us that we may also be renewed. Spring and summer are busy times for most of us. Help us not to get so caught up in our own little worlds that we forget that we are your Church. Revive us from winter’s cold grip and renew us to be your people for those who don’t yet know of your love. Open our hearts to be your Church for this time and this place. We ask these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Preacher’s Corner May/June: Easter is not just a day of celebration. It is also a season in the church where we consider what it means to say the Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! During this Easter season, the sermons will continue to be tied together by the theme: ‘He’s Lifted Up So We Can Lighten Up!’ Already in April, we have considered what it means to ‘Be the Moon,’ reflecting God’s love the way the moon reflects the light of the sun. We have thought about ‘Lightening the Load,’ and we are trying to ‘Lighten Up!’ So come and be lifted up as we continue in that vein through May 20, the Pentecost Celebration.

One-service worship will begin on Sunday, May 27, as we switch gears and take a look at what it means to be the Church…the Body of Christ for the world. God calls us, as the Church, to come together as individuals in a particular place and time to do God’s work in the world. It’s hard sometimes to know exactly what God wants of us as a community of faith, but we can always look in our Bibles for ideas and lessons. The Book of Revelation has seven letters to seven different churches…advising them of strengths, weaknesses, direction forward, and what it means to be faithful to God. Let’s take time this summer to look for God’s hopes for Trinity UMC, as we study the seven churches of Revelation.

Come and be blessed in the worship of our Loving God with the fellowship of believers who use the Words of God for the people of God to draw closer to God. Thanks be to God!

May 6, Endowment Celebration.  John 15:1-13. Lifting the Cup

May 13, Mother’s Day. Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47. Lifting the Mother Load

May 20, Pentecost Sunday. Acts 2:1-4, 12-21, Romans 8:26-27. Lifted Up on Eagle’s Wings

May 27. Revelation 2:1-7, Ephesians 1:3, 13-14. First Things First

June 3. Revelation 2:8-11, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12. Down, but Not Out

June 10. Revelation 2:12-17, 1 Peter 5:6-11. Resistance Over Relevance

June 17. Revelation 2:18-29, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10. Resist Erosion

June 24. Revelation 3:1-6, John 3:1-12. Accurate Self-Assessment

 
Jubilee Prayer for April
Composed by the Rev. Michaela Youngson, the Methodist Church of Britain, for use by The United Methodist Church throughout the world.

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide, too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others. Amen.

 
 
Jubilee Prayer    March  Abba, we have so much conflict today. The world is pulling in so many directions and mostly toward selfish desires and dead ends. Father, we pray that you will raise men up to serve in your army. Raise men with the courage to answer your call, the courage to put on your armor, and the determination to complete the journey you have laid out for us. Father, give these men the wisdom to listen to your commands to forgive and to love. Challenge us, Father, to step out in faith in whatever direction you see fit to fulfill our parts in your design.

Father, soften our hearts towards others, as we are drawn closer to you, our God and King, as time brings us further into the Lenten season. Help us to find it within ourselves to reflect your Son to those around us. Father, be our guide so that we can guide others. Protect us, Lord, so that we can stand for those who have no one to protect them. Father, although nothing we do can make us deserving of your grace, help us to accept it fully; help us to show it to your people as fully as we can. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
Come and join us for an active and vibrant celebration of faith and worship of our Lord through the wonderful music of the Trinity Adult Choir!
 
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Perched behind the Sanctuary
 
Young children and babies can enjoy some space, while parents can still enjoy our worship service in our overflow room, to the back and above the sanctuary. This is also where you are invited to take part in the technical aspect of our worship if that is where your talent and interests lie, with audio equipment, our computer support and PowerPoint slide show, which accompany our services, and other modern enhancements to the worship experience